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Shakhriyar Mamedyarov vs Pavel Eljanov
4th FIDE Grand Prix (2009), Nalchik RUS, rd 12, Apr-28
Queen's Gambit Declined: Barmen Variation (D37)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  whiteshark: "Black played very creatively in the opening (substituting the usual 6…0-0 by 6…dxc4), but failed to equalize. White got the space advantage, while Black had a very weak pawn on c6.

Shakhriyar brilliantly sacrificed a pawn by <14.e6!> and created strong pressure. Pavel sacrificed his pawn in response – <17…c5>. I think White should have taken it in a different way: <18.Rfe1!? c4 19.Bg3! Re8 20.Qxd5>

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– in this case he keeps many pieces on the board and maintains a significant advantage in the center.

In the resulting ending Black quickly brought the king towards the center (<22…Kg8!>) and secured certain compensation for his material loss.

Both grandmasters played really well in the subsequent complications. The assessment “White is slightly better” remained unchanged until the draw was agreed."

-- Sergey Shipov

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  whiteshark: <31.Rf1!?> looks harmless (protecting ♙f4, but it's quite tricky.

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♔+♖+♘ could be pritty dangerous for a sole ♔ on the edge.

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